VANCOUVER, Wash. Emil and Dory Brooking want people to see the Columbia River from their land forever.
They've signed a conservation easement to ensure their eight acres along the north bank of the Columbia River will remain open to the public indefinitely.
"We just watched so much of our open space disappear," said Dory Brooking, 78, as chattering geese flew over the river Thursday afternoon. "We have a choice, and we don't want this open space to disappear."
The property, between Vancouver and Camas with a dramatic view of Mount Hood, has multimillion-dollar homes on either side of it.
The Brookings' decision to work with Columbia Land Trust and sign the easement means that the couple and their family forgo the payoff from selling the land for a housing development.
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Many of the world's top mushers, including four-time winner and reigning Iditarod champion Doug Swingley of Lincoln, Mont., will be in Central Oregon beginning Monday to compete in the $50,000 Atta Boy 300, the first World Cup sled dog event held in the state.
Seven days of racing begin with a 46.7-mile loop around Mount Bachelor, following a one-mile ceremonial run at Government Camp on Mount Hood on Sunday.
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